Church mineral grab unfair to landowners

The Church of England has laid claim to minerals beneath privately owned land covering over half a million acres since 2010. Ancient property laws known as “manorial” rights allow the Church to claim rights over land it once owned and in 2013 a change in the law meant if mineral rights were not logged with the Land Registry they could be lost. Gavin Le Chat, a property lawyer at Shoosmiths , said: “It’s a very archaic thing. I don’t think it’s reasonable or fair to landowners. It can affect the saleability or mortgageability of the land.”

The Times, Page: 1, 2

Posted 09/01/2018